30+ Stylishly Spooky DIY Halloween Decorations

These aren't the cheesy DIYs you're used to spotting.

With these homemade decorating ideas, you can celebrate the scary season without sacrificing sophistication. Plus, get more great Halloween crafts!

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Hang a Banner.

Skip the traditional orange decor in lieu of another hue (millennial pink, anyone?) and the result is surprisingly chic. Round out the fireplace with a DIY pennant spelling out "Happy Halloween" — or another message from beyond the grave. 


What you'll need: black cardstock ($8, ), black ribbon ($10, )

Danielle Occhiogrosso
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Display a Jar.

Even though apothecary jars have been around for awhile, we've never seen this festival fall spin before. Fill it with bright orange leaves to make a vibrant statement.

What you'll need: apothecary jar ($18, ), artificial leaves ($3 for a 100-pack, )

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Add Some Shadows.

The entryway mirror is the perfect starting point for party decorations. Thanks to handy glue dots, eerie silhouettes can greet guests when they first walk in. 

What you'll need: black cardstock ($8, ), glue dots ($4, )

Brian Woodcock
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Fill Up the Hearth.

Sure, the front stoop might be your go-to spot for jack-o-lanterns, but don't forget about the inside. Group plain and painted pumpkins in the fireplace for a chic living room display.

What you'll need: painter's tape ($6, ), spray paint ($4, )

James Baigrie
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Recycle a Picture Frame.

Fall foliage looks sleeker on your door than scattered across the lawn. This wreath's changes up an otherwise traditional fall decoration.

What you'll needwaxed floral wire ($3, ), picture frame ($9, )

Matthew Benson
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Try a Pumpkin Vase.

There's a secret to this squash centerpiece. Hollow out the gourd, then hide a water-filled vase inside for long-lasting blooms. Stud mini pumpkins with brass tacks for an extra pop.

What you'll need: vase ($12, ), thumb tacks ($5, )

Raymond Hom
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Light Up the Porch.

Pave the way for trick-or-treaters with a set of planters modeled after the falling leaves. Follow the free template for goof-proof carving.

What you'll need: painter's tape ($6, ), faux leaves ($19, )

Michael Partenio
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Fold Paper Pumpkins.

Origami novices, don't panic. There's a video tutorial that explains each step between paper and pumpkin.

What you'll need: origami paper ($14, ), twine ($6, )

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Brew Some Potions.

Vintage apothecary bottles serve double-duty as vases for dried blooms.

What you'll need: fall flowers ($12, ), glass bottles ($30, )

Kate Mathis
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Create a Pumpkin Village.

Some smart carving lights up a Halloween town from the inside out. Bonus points if you paint a miniature replica of your own home.

What you'll need: X-Acto knife ($4, ), black paint ($5, )

John Kernick
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Weave a Spider's Web.

Wrap up your own Halloween wreath with black yarn and add some creepy creatures for extra spook.

What you'll need: crow ($6, )

Erin Phraner
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Make Bats Fly.

Well, not real bats. Create a scene of eerie, paper versions with this simple DIY.

What you'll need: black felt ($6, ), black duct tape ($8, )

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Stack Odds and Ends.

Draw the eye up on your fireplace mantel by decorating with found objects — this blogger already had plenty of Harry Potter décor lying around.

What you'll need: birdcage ($29, ), fake skull ($13, )

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Hang Jack-O-Lanterns.

Play a trick on your guest's eyes by dangling from a .

What you'll need: fishing line ($4, ), Halloween pumpkins ($8, )

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Repurpose a Stylish Skull.

They're way less scary when you top 'em with a flower or plant.

What you'll need: gold skull ($12, )

Julie Blanner
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Send a Spooky Message.

Set against mums, pumpkins and bales of hay, a is a not-so-frightening way to ring in the holiday.

What you'll need: banner ($11, ), fall wreath ($27, )

All Things Heart & Home
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Line Up the Spiders.

Frankly, spiders are only welcome around the house when they're in the form of an adorable, fuzzy garland.

What you'll need: black pipe cleaners ($5, ), twine ($7, )

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Go Dark.

Sure, orange and black is a classic Halloween color combo — but think outside of the box. This purple and black vignette is just as spooky.

What you'll need: feather wreath ($20, ), purple candle ($8, )

Anna & Blue
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Add Funky Patterns.

Anything unexpected is acceptable in October. This blogger used a as part of her decorating scheme, which still looks cute after the 31st.

What you'll need: lamp shade ($20, ), spray paint ($4, )

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Recruit a Black Cat.

Justina Blakeney's tablescape stuck features a black color scheme with pops of deep red and orange. Adding a little poison (fake, of course!) and a signature makes for a chilling look.

What you'll need: cat statue ($25, ), spray paint ($4, )

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Dress Up a Basic Tablecloth.

A offers a country-chic look to a casual Halloween party.

What you'll need: tablecloth ($11, ), black mugs ($25, )

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Display Lacey Ghosts.

Do you have a friendly ghost in your house? Tease him out of hiding by hanging these familiar balls of lace.

What you'll need: foam balls ($7, ), white yarn ($6, )

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Craft a Rustic Sign.

This witchy wooden craft is perfect if you adore farmhouse style — even on Halloween.

What you'll need: black paint ($5, ), chain ($12, )

Oh My! Creative
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Mix Candlesticks and Pumpkins.

A tablescape filled with colorful gourds and looks even more vibrant when placed in front of an all-white background.

What you'll need: gold candles ($13, ), bat decals ($6, )

Lauren Kelp
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Light Up the Stairs.

Cover cans in a bit of black paint, and poke holes to create a message fit for your Halloween-loving house guests.

What you'll need: foam brush ($4, ), black paint ($5, )

Jolly Mom
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Celebrate the Date.

This cute collection takes literal Halloween decor and adds in unexpected fun pieces (note the blue branches).

What you'll need: chalkboard paint ($11, ), turquoise paint ($8, )

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Send a Clear Message.

The first thing trick-or-treaters see is your door mat. Give them a little thrill while they're waiting for you to answer with candy.

What you'll need: door mat ($13, ), letter stencils ($10, )

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Spell It Out.

Sometimes you just have to spell it out for them, you know?

What you'll need: decoupage glue ($5, ), upholstery tacks ($10, )

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Use Paper Lanterns.

These big spheres take your porch to the next level for Halloween.

What you'll need: orange lanterns ($5, ) 

Jennifer Perkins
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Repurpose Yard Sale Finds.

After this blogger found vintage records with orange labels at a garage sale, she knew they would be the perfect for the holiday.

What you'll need: cloche ($26, ), scrapbook paper ($5, )

House By Huff
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